2017 Student Success Institute

2017 Student Success Institute
Intersecting Pathways with Engagement


Opening Plenary Sessions

Welcome and Introductions
Evelyn Waiwaiole, Executive Director, Center for Community College Student Engagement

Session Objectives:

  • Focus on desired outcomes of the Institute and set the stage for Institute work
  • Begin to build an engaged learning community at the Institute


Intersecting Pathways and Student Engagement:
What It Means

Linda García, Assistant Director of College Relations, Center for Community College Student Engagement

Session Objectives:

  • Understand the fundamental elements of the Pathways Model
  • Understand how the student perspective can help redesign a successful on-ramp experience
  • Understand why more structured choice yields better results


Morning Keynote Session

Reimagining Our Model to Focus on Student Completion: The Guided Pathways Approach
Rob Johnstone, Founder and President, National Center for Inquiry and Improvement

Our best efforts by our best people to significantly improve community college completion rates haven't produced the scaled improvements in outcomes we've desired—especially for the students we most hope to serve. During this session, we'll explore how to build on our past efforts and evolve our thinking about how students are recruited to, enter, and progress through our colleges so they complete their goals at markedly higher rates. We will begin by exploring a story of one college's journey to increased outcome, and will set the table for an exploration of guided pathways by focusing on the issues of economic mobility and equity. This session will integrate Dr. Johnstone's work on the AACC Pathways Initiative, A2I2, the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, Completion by Design, Beyond Financial Aid, Jobs For the Future's Student Success Centers, and numerous other national, state, and college-level projects.

Session Resources:


Concurrent Sessions

    Equity at the Center
    Laura Cailloux, Vice President of Whidbey Island Campus, Skagit Valley College (WA)
    Thomas Keegan, President, Skagit Valley College (WA)
    Kenneth Lawson, Vice President for Instruction, Skagit Valley College (WA)

    Session Description:
    As one of the 30 colleges in the AACC Pathways Project, Skagit Valley College will share how the commitment to equity has informed and grounded the implementation of guided pathways.

    High-Impact Academic Advising: Optional is Not an Option
    Phil Neal, President and CEO, Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College (KY)

    Session Description:
    If academic advising is designed to keep students on track for goal completion, why should we allow it to be optional? At Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College, academic advising is required for all degree-seeking students AND faculty register students in their office! Then, drop/add is restricted. This and other non-optional practices have led to improved student success. Our data-supported journey will be detailed.

    On the Path to Completion
    Michael Poindexter, Vice President of Student Service, Sacramento City College (CA)

    Session Description:
    This session will address the cultural shift that is beginning to take place within community colleges including the following: how students arrive at our colleges, a more inclusive way to use counselors, use of supplemental instructors in the classroom, and engaging and connecting students with the college community. Participants should come prepared to discuss creative initiatives being used on their campuses.

    Pathways to Success @ Stanly Community College
    Myra Furr, Vice President of Student Success, Stanly Community College (NC)
    Heather Hill, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Stanly Community College (NC)
    Brigette Myers, Mathematics Department Head, Stanly Community College (NC)
    Carmen Nunalee, Vice President of Strategic Planning and Compliance, Stanly Community College (NC)

    Session Description:
    Join us as we discuss a student's pathway to success from a strong start to a grand finish at Stanly Community College. We will provide information pertaining to the sites on the road to completion (i.e., career planning, student services, advising, curriculum redesign, etc.) while visiting potential refueling stations along the way.

    Pre-Advising—An On-Ramp to Student Success
    Larry Pakowski, Dean of Student Services, Polk State College (FL)

    Session Description:
    Polk State College implemented pre-advising sessions in the summer of 2016 for incoming first-time-in-college students, which are built around an "advising syllabus." These small sessions (10 students per 1 advisor) reiterate key elements of a required online orientation, emphasize the importance of choosing a path and setting goals, and assist students in selecting their first semester's courses.

    Rethinking and Redesigning Remedial Education One Student at a Time
    Ted Lewis, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Pellissippi State Community College (TN)

    Session Description:
    This presentation focuses on how one college developed a co-requisite model that dramatically improved students' ability to succeed in both remedial and college-level courses and in subsequent courses.


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